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Military Tactics on the Streets of America08/19/14
In Ferguson, Missouri, the use of military equipment against peaceful protesters backfired on local police, producing an escalation of violence.
In Ukraine, There Will Be "No Quick Fixes"
After yesterday?s 5-hour meeting with diplomats from Ukraine and Russia, Germany?s Foreign Minister told reporters: ?things can get even worse." Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces have won enough ground to make a ceasefire unlikely ? while separatists say...
Ferguson, Missouri Tries to Get Back on Its Feet
After 5 days of escalating confrontations between protesters and local police, the Missouri Highway Patrol took charge in Ferguson last night. In a welcome change since Saturday?s police shooting of a young, black man, there were ?no road blocks, no...
The Ebola Epidemic: Disease Control and Medical Ethics
History?s worst outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed more than 1000 people. Medical officials face an ethical question: who should receive a tiny supply of drugs never tested on human beings, which might do more harm than good? We?ll give an update...
Vladimir Putin and the "Ghost Convoy"
Almost 300 Russian Army trucks, painted white, are somewhere on the road between Moscow and the Eastern Ukrainian border. Vladimir Putin calls the convoy humanitarian aid for a crisis the West is ignoring; Ukraine suspects it?s a ?Trojan Horse? to...
Tax Loopholes and "Corporate Patriotism"
US companies complain about higher taxes at home than abroad, and a growing number are fleeing to other countries to save their investors money. President Obama calls that ?unpatriotic,? and he?s threatening executive action.
Islamic State Lures US Military Back to Iraq
Two years after President Obama took the US out of combat in Iraq, he?s authorized airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State. How deeply should the US become re-engaged? Can Iraq remain a unified country?
US Warplanes are Back in Iraq
American planes have dropped food, water and medical supplies to Iraqis fleeing the ultra-fundamentalist Islamic State. There have been US air strikes against some of its forces, but the President still says, ?no boots on the ground.?
Barack Obama?s Outreach to Africa
The first African-American president waited until his second term to hold his first African summit. But this week, he hosted almost 50 African heads of state and American business leaders, hoping the US can catch up in the world?s last great emerging...
General Motors is Still in the Hotseat, but Sales are Soaring
General Motors risked its reputation by instituting a record number of recalls after news of deaths and injuries due to faulty ignition switches. The company has admitted it failed for years to address safety problems. So why are sales back to where...
Are Current Conflicts a Prelude to World War III?
From Eastern Europe to the Middle East, from Africa to the East China Sea, the world is battered by violence and threatened by instability. Can the US, the lone ?superpower,? impose order on chaos? What are the prospects for World War III?
Organized Labor is On the Run?
Wisconsin was the first state to legalize collective bargaining for public employees. Republican Governor Scott Walker has put an end to that. He survived 3 years of massive political backlash, and last week the State Supreme Court approved laws that...
Truth, Lies and the Fighting in Gaza
Today?s 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza lasted for about 90 minutes. Once again, professional journalists are caught in the middle, trying to report the claims of Israelis and Palestinians and assess their credibility. But distrust and angry emotion extends...
The Islamic State is Transforming Syria?s Civil War
The ultra-extremist Islamic State now controls 30% of Syria, refining and selling oil to finance its expanding ?caliphate.? Does Syria's President Assad look like the lesser of two evils? What?s the US doing to arm so-called ?moderate? forces against...
Ebola Is Spreading: Can It Be Contained?
Almost 700 people have died, and more than a thousand have been infected, in the worst epidemic since the Ebola virus was discovered in 1976. We?ll hear about a horrific disease with no cure, and West Africa's widespread fear, not just of Ebola, but...
Central American Children and the Politics of Immigration
61,000 unaccompanied kids who have arrived at the Mexican border are upsetting the plans of members of Congress about to go home for the August recess. Before they leave, can House Republicans pass a bill that looks like it deals with the problem?...
Prison Reform: The War on Drugs and Public Safety
The US has more people in prison than China, a country that?s 4 times larger. Now, there?s bipartisan support for cutting the sentences of almost half of all current federal prisoners. But some hardliners still maintain that tough sentencing is the...
A Thirsty World Faces a Shortage of Water
Twenty years ago, before the alarm about Climate Change, the World Bank warned about upcoming wars ? not over oil, but water. Is water a commercial product, or a basic human right?
Wildfires Scorch the Western US? Who?s to Blame?
Record-setting wildfires are raging across the West. After 10 days, the largest blaze in Washington State history is still only half contained. Is it time to manage so-called ?wilderness? rather than leaving it free?
Does Diplomacy Have a Chance in the Middle East?
Secretary of State Kerry is shuttling around the Middle East in the hope of negotiating a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. We?ll hear about the challenges for international leaders as the war goes on.
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